The 18-year-old Dutch rider overcame Irishman Denis Lynch with a 4-second lead. Participation of José María Larocca. (Photo © K.-H. Frieler)
The conclusion of the CSI 4* Dortmund came as a surprise during the Grand Prix, with the victory of 18-year-old Sanne Thijssen from the Netherlands, beating some of the world’s best riders.
With the participation of 50 pairs for a Grand Prix that distributed 120,000 Euros in prizes, including 5 vehicles in the first 5 places, only 6 of the competitors had real chance of driving, after completing their regular rounds with not faults and classifying the tiebreak, where Thijssen became the surprise and great attraction of the night.
Presenting with the 11-year-old stallion With Quidam Rb (Quinar x Cardino), Sanne stopped the clock in 36.58 seconds to get a comfortable lead close to 4 seconds over Irishman Danis Lynch, who finished his jump-off round at 40.07 seconds with 10-year-old stallion Van Helsing (Valentino x Stakkato). Both riders were the only ones to complete their respective performances in double clear rounds, the third position was occupied by German Christian Kukuk with 4 fouls in 37.92 seconds and 11-year-old stallion Colestus (Cornet Obolensky x Stakkato).
Although Sanne Thiessen is only 18-years-old, she currently occupies the 90th position in the FEI Longines World Ranking and with this win, 11 total FEI victories that she adds in his personal account, today was the best result of his young career.
For the Latin Ranking, Argentina’s José María Larocca took 21th place with the 13-year-old stallion Cornet du Lys (Cornet Obolensky x Champion du Lys) exceeding the time allowed for the regular round plus a takedown pole that would give him the grand total of 5 fouls in 67.12 seconds.